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Ina Fried Mar 5
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IBM settles dispute over diversity executive who left for Microsoft

Lindsay-Rae McIntyre
Lindsay-Rae McIntyre will start July 1 after settling a suit brought by IBM. (Photo: Microsoft)

Microsoft says its new diversity chief will start in July after she settled a lawsuit with IBM, her former employer. IBM had sued Lindsay-Rae McIntyre alleging she was in violation of a non-compete agreement.

The bottom line: The suit was an odd one to begin with as diversity tends to be an area where, at least on the surface, tech companies tend to be working together. By settling, both sides avoid would could have been bad publicity had the case gone further.